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to the texas lawsuit on voter i.d. issues. he said, i regret that the doj announced its intent to file a lawsuit against the texas voter i.d. law, citing the voting rights act, which i mentioned he supported. he said, i spoke with the attorney general and requested he withdraw the case until there can be a legislative fix of the vra. the lawsuit would make it much more difficult to pass a bipartisan fix to restore the heart of the vra. to translate that, you basically have a republican who's typically been on the side of voting rights act renewal now saying he doesn't think we can get there unless the attorney general doesn't enforce parts of the law that supreme court didn't even touch. i view that, yesterday's statement, as one of the worst things that's happened in this debate. what do you think going into this weekend is important for the folks you're working with to try to get section four and section five of the voting rights act restored? >> this attorney general has an obligation. he put his hand on a bible, took an oath of office to enforce the law. there's no more egregious v
.d. rules. in texas, they relaunched a voting map previously blocked because it was found that texas designed that map to discriminate minority voters. that's illegal. but it's much harder to patrol now. joining us now is historian gary may, the author of "bending toward justice: the voting rights act and the transformation of american democracy." thanks for being here and tell us the theory of your book about how this act got passed. >> well, basically this is a people's history of the voting rights act. while ideal with various legal questions that have come up and also the congressional maneuvering that led to the passage of the act in 1965 and its subsequent reauthorizations, the heart of the book is really about the unsung heroes, the people whose names most americans have never even heard of and their struggle to win the right to vote. they put everything on the line, their jobs, their homes, and often their lives. and their courage is just extraordinarily transforming. i think there are lessons in the book to deal with some of the things we're faced with now. >> well, gary, yo
that required preclearance for localities with a history of discrimination. texas responded by immediately passing a voter i.d. law. the administration now responded to texas by challenging their voter i.d. law based on section two of the voting rights act. how strong do you think the administration's case is, and do you think we'll see them taking similar action against other states like north carolina? >> well, the supreme court's already decided a voter i.d. case from about five or six years ago involving the state of indiana. the court hasn't gotten anymore liberal since then. the court rejected the challenge, so i think it's pretty unlikely that challenge is going to win. you're going to have to demonstrate that this is having a significant effect on minority voters. you're going to have to prove, perhaps, this is intentionally motivated to have that effect. and the supreme court has already been pretty skeptical about the argument. so i don't think that claim is going to get vindicated in the court any time soon, unless there's a change in their composition of the court. striking dow
the biggest leviathan in all of baseball, are going to be able to spend again. the texas rangers are the other team. nelson cruz hit 25 home runs in year, been really the most consistent hitter in that lineup. he has a chance to be suspended. at this moment he's weighing, does he take it now, serve his games and become a free agent this offseason with a relatively clean slate, or does he fight it, try and get the rangers into the playoffs and go into next season potentially facing 50, maybe even 100 game suspension? >> all right, jeff. >> why a leviathan, jeff? what's up with that? >> all right. we can have that debate another day. >> toure, you're a writer. >> go ahead, jeff. take him down. >> big words for toure. i grew up reading him in "rolling stone." >> it makes us all sound smart. thanks for your insights. >>> up next, weiner roast. i'm sorry. that was terrible. there's so many pun opportunities out there we can't help ourselves. the mayoral candidate faces the media in a new round of interviews. see what he's saying now. ♪ i'm a hard, hard worker every day. ♪ ♪ i'm a hard, hard w
you about what's going on with rick perry down in texas, looking for some of that sweet, sweet obama care money. for that, i mean critically needed funding for citizens of his state. this is a guy who's been at the front of the line in bashing the affordable health care act. are we going to see more and more republican governors who are realizing that going forward with at least some aspects of obama is care is good for their constituents and good for them politically? >> it's harder and harder for governors to argue that their citizens shouldn't get money that is being sent from the federal government without them taking any further action. i mean, it's just a tough stand to take. i think -- look, you'll see some who think it's politically advantageous to them on a national level, continue to say that they don't want the money. but i think for the most part you're going to see a little bit of movement on that. like we were talking about before, you talk tough and then at the end perhaps you compromise a little bit. i think you're going to see that -- i think you've already seen it t
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